All of us are duplicitous by nature. There is the person we allow the world to see and then there is the one we keep hidden and to ourselves. All people live in this duality and for many, it causes a constant struggle. Two paths are presented to us. One is the high road and the other is the low and they are based on the moral decisions that we make each moment of every day. Read more...(443 words, 4 images, estimated 1:46 mins reading time)
Life is full of moments, each with its own individual fanfare and trumpets. It is up to us to embrace the moment or at least to notice the potential each day brings.
Some live their life grasping with a focus completely on the past, hoping to find out their identity yet ending up with a hand that contains nothing but regrets about what the past has provided.
Today, this moment is all there is for you and the more you branch out your attention from that, the less opportunity there is for enjoying the here and now. Keeping your focus on the task that you are working on will allow you to enjoy life. Read more...(854 words, 5 images, estimated 3:25 mins reading time)
Every person no matter what they do has to find things that get him excited about life. They do not have to be complicated or expensive things. They simply get you going and allow you to feel happy about just living on the face of the Earth every day.
I would never presume to speak for anyone but myself but here are the things that I enjoy and make my existence a much more enjoyable experience. Read more...(1101 words, 6 images, estimated 4:24 mins reading time)
I have found this one fact pervasive throughout my life, EVERYTHING we do matters when it comes to our happiness and enjoyment of life.
Every decision that you make throughout every day of you life is a contributor to the essence of your existence. Each decision you make to support someone or to knock someone down will be reflected in your own experience.here are clues everywhere, and you might be able to figure it out, but it would have been so much easier if someone had just sat me down and told me the way things worked. This piece is designed for this, if it informs one person, if it makes one mind think, then it is definitely worth it. Read more...(1837 words, 9 images, estimated 7:21 mins reading time)
Creativity to me used to be a word that I thought only others could do. I never felt that I was much of an artist or a craftsman at anything at all. My art was ridiculous, by writing was atrocious and anything else I tried to make was a mockery to anything called perfection. It was with this attitude that I started this journey of creation. Shortening the space between myself and the world. Read more...(668 words, 5 images, estimated 2:40 mins reading time)
No matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have or what you do in your spare time, we each have an account that we are continually making withdrawals from and cannot make deposits.
Everyone in the world has a finite, fixed sum in this account, and still most waste a great portion of the capital available. Time is the currency in this account and you are spending it with every minute of your existence. Read more...(723 words, 4 images, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
Fire is an element that represents many things to many different people. To me, it has a symbol of purification. This is because when I looked into the fire, I saw the future ahead of me and the past was left behind.
The Significance of the Fire
There needs to be a bit more explanation than that I suppose. In life, there are people who come into your life and cause only a ripple in the large tangle of life’s experience. Then there are those that are destined to leave a deep emotional crater, that you are destined to carry in your life. How much and how long you carry it is up to you. Read more...(586 words, 8 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
How is it possible that a phrase can get stuck in your head? Like a song that you wish you could stop singing in your head. The phrase is there banging to the beat of its own honesty. All you can do is think it over and over again until it inevitably expresses itself in words.
The phrase in my head I read in a glimpse, as I was watching a video on YouTube of all places. It was a fantastic video and the message was I Am, and who hasn’t contemplated what finite groups of messy things compile themselves to create their existence. I do it all the time. Why did this phrase jump out at me? Why won’t it leave my head? Read more...(779 words, 10 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
All People live by a code of beliefs, that are accepted over the course of their lives, based on their accepted moral code. What has worked and what has not worked in my life has led to a list of core beliefs that generally guide my day to day actions. There are days I lose my focus but I have found that getting back to the core of beliefs is a step in the right direction.
These are ever evolving and I am editing completely but at that time this is what they were, in no particular order. Read more...(950 words, 11 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
Life is such a crazy, wild, up and down ride that it can be difficult for anyone to deal with and stay completely balanced. Sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason why things happen and dealing with the sudden, quick changes that are thrown at us makes it hard to understand if there is something that we should or could be doing better. I mean, in the end, shouldn’t we be happy? Shouldn’t our daily routines and struggles bring us personal satisfaction and make us feel valuable as individuals? I think that it should, and one way to do this is to practice positive thinking. Read more...(1038 words, 4 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
I should stop being astonished. there should be a moment where I finally get it that all of the things that happen in life do happen for a reason and all I need is patience to see what that is.
The problem with me and I think many people is that we spend way too much time planning and plotting to prove how smart we are and not enough time enjoying what is happening in our lives right at this very moment. Read more...(824 words, 5 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
by Jonathan Hilton Day 53
As we move through life, there are a few things that become clear are going to be a permanent part of our existence. No matter how things are going they are going to change. We have a finite time to exist, accomplish and live, and we are going to make mistakes.
If mistakes are an inevitable part of life, and important I think it is important to start to question why we are so afraid of them. In fact people lie and mislead every day to avoid being associated with a mistake. Read more...(911 words, 11 images, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
Can anyone really define their joy as one particular aspect of a day or even a life?
I certainly can’t so when I started to answer this question for today I had many thoughts about what gives me joy right at this moment and in the overall canvass of existence.
My joy today looks like many things of which I am going to try to give you a glimpse of what is making experience great pleasure and happiness today. Read more...(1036 words, 11 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
Love is a difficult topic to discuss because there are so many parts inside of us that can be exposed through this discussion, that it is easier to brush it off and make a joke of it, to distract from the fact that love is a huge part of being human and being happy on the face of the earth. Read more...(859 words, 5 images, estimated 3:26 mins reading time)
What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
by Jonathan Hilton
All people are going to answer this question differently depending on where they are in their life. To me being alive is a fact of nature, and enjoying life and living for a purpose is truly living. But how do you enjoy life?
Other people will answer this very differently. It only takes a few visits to any number of blogs to experience the wide variety of philosophies and beliefs that exist. Read more...(1074 words, 11 images, estimated 4:18 mins reading time)
Today is December 15, 2012 and the nation and the world has been shocked, saddened and dismayed by the actions of one unstable individual in Connecticut yesterday. The act was unbelievable to the majority of people and it leaves everyone searching for answers, looking for meaning of things and trying to deal with a situation that makes absolutely no sense. The melancholy is palpable as you move through the crowds and see the faces on what should be a festive day preparing for Christmas, family visits and good cheer. Read more...(1360 words, 10 images, estimated 5:26 mins reading time)